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Laclede Hires VP of Finance and Director of Training & Development

December 29, 2009

Laclede Gas Company announced the hiring of Steven P. Rasche as Vice President of Finance and Marla B. Franz as Director of Training and Development.

Mr. Rasche is responsible for overseeing and managing all Accounting, Finance, Treasury and Tax functions. He has more than 25 years of financial management experience and comes to Laclede from TLC Vision Corporation, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to TLC Vision, he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Safety Equipment, Inc. A  Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Rasche received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Missouri – Columbia and his M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ms. Franz is responsible for developing a consistent and structured organization-wide approach to training and career development. Ms. Franz returned to Laclede after working at Monsanto, where she was a Global Compensation Manager. She was first hired by Laclede in 2002 as Manager of Compensation Services and later served as Director of Compensation Services. Prior to Laclede, Ms. Franz worked as a Human Resources Consultant and Manager responsible for various human resource initiatives, including organizational development. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a Masters of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University.

A subsidiary of The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE: LG), Laclede Gas Company is the largest natural gas distribution utility in Missouri, serving approximately 630,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of St. Louis and parts of ten counties in Eastern Missouri.


Robert Arrol, Manager, Corporate Communications

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